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“Multicultural and Multigenerational Love Story”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
Admission is full of laughs and enough awkward situations that produce their own laughs that you almost forget that basically you almost overlook the fact that it is also a love story on many different levels.
Tina Fey plays Portia Nathan, an admissions officer at Princeton University, Paul Rudd plays John Pressman, the founder and head of an alternative high school in New England, and they had a mutual friend 16 years earlier when they were both classmates at Dartmouth.
Their mutual connection plays an important part in the story.
Portia has been working as an admissions officer so long that her speeches to student applicants are given by rote and amount to not much more than “If this is is the right place for you, then you will get in.”
Portia admits that she is not good with kids, but she gets excited when she learns that the dean of admissions, played by Wallace Shawn, is retiring, and she and another officer are in consideration to replace him, because if she gets the job this will be her last travel season.
John calls Portia and invites her to visit his school, which is having its first graduating class, because he would like her to meet an exceptional student, Jeremiah, who is interested in attending Princeton.
Portia agrees to visit, because her mother, played by Lily Tomlin, lives near the school, and so Portia could also visit her mother.
Well, the students at the New Quest School are so exceptional that they force Portia to change the speech of rote that she always gives, but the most interesting thing about Portia’s visit is that John informs her that Jeremiah is probably Portia’s son, whom she gave up for adoption after she had him in college.
When Portia meets Jeremiah, they have enough in common that Portia becomes convinced that he is her son, but, of course, she and John don’t tell Jeremiah that, and this new complication in Portia’s life changes her situation and behavior back at Princeton.
And Portia does a bad, bad thing because of it.
Given all the complications in the story, the audience can’t tell if it is going to have a happy ending or not, and so I won’t ruin it for you.
Admission is a multicultural love story, and a multigenerational one, too.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
Jann Scotts Journal: Gamers film makers drug dealers and gun manufacturers are on my SHIT list this Christmas0
I have been talking about these people on Radio and TV since the late 1980′s . For a while it was just christian preachers and a few brave mental health workers who were sounding the alarm. Now since Sandy Hook everybody is talking about it.
When you fill young men’s heads with bull shit, it will influence them into bad behavior.
Klebolt and Harris were obsessed with the video game Doom. The game took hold of their minds and turned them into the first school mass murderers.
James Holmes was obsessed with violent Batman movies and video games. In his isolation he went mad and shot scores of people in an Aurora movie theater.
I blame the video game manufacturers for preying on our children. We need to go after them as harshly as we go after the gun manufacturers. They are greedy monsters. All of the violent film makers are the same kind of trash. And we need to go after the film industry too. I am. It is a disgrace what they have done to our country.
Boulder of course is incredibly stupid. We legalized pot here and the first thing that happened is two monsters from CU attacked an entire class room by poisoning brownies with potent drugs, sending kids and teacher to the hospital. I hope they go to the penitentiary.
This is a city which embraces developers of violent video games. It is a city which embraces illegal Hacking. It is a city which embraces illegal drug use. It is a city which embraces violence.
How did we ever get to a place in America where we tolerated movie makers who pump out so many violent films that our children have gone mad and have started to commit mass murders. The Gamers, the gun manufacturers, the dope dealers, the film makers and oh lets not forget Boulder’s Giant porn industry that no one wants to talk about.
New Frontier Media has hundreds of employees. It recruits young girls in Hollywood. They promise them stardom and big money. The girls become addicted to narcotics, work in sleazy hotels, are abused and sold. All of their exploitation is orchestrated right here in Boulder where the movies are made and then distributed. Yes we are the center of sexual slavery too. And we call it a business.
Shame on the whole city for allowing this to go on.
From the heart of the monster
Here’s what gets me.
Trust in God is no more realistic and rewarding than trust in Santa Claus.
After all, the concept of God and believing in God’s existence is merely childhood fantasy grown up, because God is nothing more than Santa Claus for adults.
Think about it. Occasionally, some very old people will be singled out on television, and many times one of them is likely to say, “I attribute my long life to clean living, good health and trust in God.” If they are born-again Christians, they might say “trust in Jesus” instead, but think how substituting “Santa Claus” for either one makes absolutely no difference to the validity that the trust had anything to do with the person’s longevity and absolutely nothing to the validity of the existence of any of those named individuals.
Look at the similarities: Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and all of Santa’s elves live up at the North Pole, and their only reason for being is to reward good little boys and girls one night a year by giving them presents. And when does Santa do this? On Christ’s birthday!
God, Jesus, the angels and every good person who has ever been rewarded with eternal life lives up in Heaven just waiting for new souls to come on up and live forever. And when does this happen? On each “saved” person’s death!
Depending on the religion or denomination, people are rewarded with an all-expenses-paid, free trip to Heaven for their good deeds on earth, for “accepting Jesus Christ as their savior” or merely for believing that God exists.
Santa Claus keeps a list, checks it twice and knows who has been naughty or nice in the past year, which he uses to reward those who have been “good” with presents and to punish those who have been “bad” with either no presents or a lump of coal in some cultures. And what do we associate coal with? Hot burning fire!
Have you ever known anyone who actually did receive only a lump of coal for Christmas, or is that just an empty threat that parents use to try to keep their children in line?
Santa Claus has lots of impersonators during the Christmas season standing on corners ringing their bells and collecting money and sitting in malls in order to let little children sit on their laps and tell them what they want for Christmas.
God has lots of churches throughout the year on practically every corner collecting money every Sunday or whenever a service is held and plenty of representations of either Jesus nailed to a cross or the Virgin Mary, Christ’s mother, God’s concubine, to which people can pray and tell them what special favor they would like.
This is where the Santa Claus myth is lacking. Astute creators and perpetuators of the myth should have thought to have given Santa a son so that Santa Jr. and Mrs. Claus could stand on corners and sit in malls to relieve some of the burden during the holidays, which, of course, comes from “holy days.”
Santa Claus uses the parents of the children to make them be good for their rewards, punish them as need be throughout the year, make empty promises about what they might get on Christmas morning and then make the actual purchases, hide them in closets, wrap them neatly and finally place them underneath the tree for the excited and eager children to find on Christmas morning.
God uses priests, preachers and other self-anointed representatives to “guide” the people, relay God’s words and intentions to them throughout the year, convey special requests if need be back up to God, make empty promises about what they might expect upon their deaths and then finally perform the memorial services for those people when they do die.
Trust in Santa Claus is expedient for parents to encourage their young children, because the promise of presents for good behavior and threats of no presents or that lump of coal for bad behavior is another tool in the parents’ bag of parenting tricks.
However, when children reach the age of about six, they should be clever enough to figure out on their own how all the contradictions and illogical details in the Santa Claus myth enable them to conclude that there is no Santa Claus and their parents have been misleading them all those years, even though their parents will claim that it was “for their own good.”
I rest my case.
“Singular Most Popular Sex Toy”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
Hysteria is about the invention of a device that is widely used, but not commonly discussed, and when it is, usually there are snickers and Monty Python nudges of “Know what I mean? Know what I mean?”
And I am not talking about the candy bar.
The word “hysteria” comes from the Greek word meaning a woman’s womb, and in the 1800s when it was used to mean a psychoneurosis marked by emotional excitability and disturbances of the psychic, sensory, and visceral functions leading to behavior exhibiting overwhelming or unimaginable fear or emotional excess, doctors in England believed that behavior in women was caused by their uterus, and the way to treat them and to cure that behavior was to apply stimulation to the woman’s organ.
What I don’t understand is why any woman paid a doctor to treat her that way for the all-purpose catchword of hysteria would go back to him and pay him again for treatment when she could just treat herself at home for free.
All puns intended.
The story begins in 1880 in London, and Hugh Dancy plays Dr. Mortimer Granville.
Dr. Granville interviews for the job as assistant to Dr. Robert Dalrymple, who asks Dr Granville, “But tell me, Doctor, what do you know of hysteria?”
Dr. Dalrymple says that the work of treating women for hysteria is tedious and boring, but Dalrymple is London’s leading specialist in women’s medicine, and his waiting room is always full of women waiting to be treated by him.
Know what I mean? Know what I mean?
Dr. Dalrymple has two daughters, Emily and Charlotte, who is played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, and they, too, are doctors. Emily lives at home and is a phrenologist, or a scientist who feels the bumps on someone’s head, which determines the person’s mental faculties and character.
Charlotte, however, is at odds with her father, because she is always borrowing money to keep her Settlement House in the East End open, where she treats poor people and many women and children. When we first meet Charlotte, she is having an argument with her father and storms out of his office, slamming every door behind her.
Hysteria takes too long to get started, could use some good editing, but eventually gets around to the discovery of the singular most popular sex toy.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida’s Historic Coast features historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches – the same beaches that greeted Ponce de Leon in 1513 when he discovered and named La Florida.
“Tourism is truly the lifeblood of Florida’s Historic Coast,” said Richard Goldman, executive director of the Visitors and Convention Bureau. “Not only does the industry provide more than 11,000 jobs in St. Johns County, the 3.4 million overnight visitors who came here last year spent more than $660 million during their stay on Florida’s Historic Coast. Best of all, this essential economic activity is provided at no cost to local taxpayers. All of our tourism marketing activities are funded through the tourist development tax paid by visitors for overnight lodging. Last year, visitors paid $6.6 million in these ‘bed taxes’ – funds that were used to encourage millions of potential visitors to come here this year, help fund special events and to make improvements to beach and recreation facilities we all enjoy.”
This year’s review of local tourism will have lots of good news for the industry. Nearly every indicator shows impressive increases in the number of visitors and their spending while here. Clearly, the tourism industry has returned to the levels enjoyed prior to the economic downturn that began in 2008. In fact, recent data indicate tourism activity is nearing or exceeding monthly records.
As part of the event, the Visitors and Convention Bureau will review some of their major successes in placing Florida’s Historic Coast on the list of “must-sees” for millions of Americans. Much of this success has resulted from the Bureau’s contract and close working relationship with the Ypartnership advertising agency of Orlando which recently merged with MMG to form MMGY Global and stake their claim as the world’s unquestioned leaders in tourism marketing.
Once again, the centerpiece of the event will be a presentation by tourism visionary Peter Yesawich whose insights into tourism trends are followed closely by travel professionals worldwide. Formerly the chairman of Ypartnership and now the vice chairman of MMGY Global, Peter’s perspective on travel trends and changing consumer behavior, coupled with his intimate knowledge of Florida’s Historic Coast as a tourist destination will provide compelling information that can be successfully applied throughout the local tourism industry.
The State of the Tourism Industry event will also include the presentation of the coveted Tourism Employee of the Year Awards. The finalists represent the very best tourism employees on Florida’s Historic Coast and were selected on the basis of their exemplary service.
The event will take place at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, I-95 exit 323 in St. Augustine. Doors will open at 9 a.m. for coffee and pastries and the program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and end by 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $10. To secure a reservation for what is expected be an extremely well-attended event, call Carey Cramer at 829.1711 or email email@example.com
Source: Jay Humphreys, Communications Director, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau